ADHD is my diagnosis, but more than that, it is my superpower.
I want to share my story.
I’m 22 years old and from Peru. In November, 2014 I graduated from university and became licensed in clinical psychology with training in logotherapy and thanatology. I am looking forward to getting a Master’s degree in pediatric oncology in Spain next year.
I was diagnosed with ADHD three months ago and prescribed medication. My whole life I felt like there was something different about me but – aside from insomnia and poor focus – I liked it.
I really love my job and my hyperactivity was a real benefit to university life. I completed an internship at the best mental health hospital in my country and was chosen for one of just five spots for all of the students in Peru. I fell in love with my career and my passion and energy motivated me to focus and pay attention those five years of school. There were tough and hard days, but it was all worth it. Even though I didn’t get much sleep during those years, being able to hyper-focus helped me stay awake and finish my homework to be one of the best students at my university.
Why am I sharing my story? Because I want to encourage you. I want you to see that ADHD is not a disability; it is a DIFFERENT ABILITY, a superpower – if we learn how to use it. The fact that you can’t do some things doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything well…you just have to find your strengths. For me, the challenge of hyperactivity led to many of my successes like being active in school, conferences, and my career. Now, I get to spend my days helping people.